Busy Memorial Day weekend for Southampton Town cops

05/28/2013 2:11 PM |

SH_CopsMore than a dozen people were arrested on drunken driving charges over Memorial Day weekend in Southampton Town, including three people arrested in Flanders and a fourth local man arrested nearby, police said.

Two area men were also arrested on drug charges after they were caught with ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine in a Southampton bar parking lot, police said.

The first DWI arrest occurring locally happened on Saturday night when a Flanders man was arrested in Flanders, police said.

In that case, Jaime Choy-Canel, 27, was stopped while driving north on Flanders Road about 11:45 p.m. after police saw him swerving in and out of a lane, according to a police report.

During the traffic stop, police smelled alcohol on Mr. Choy-Canel’s breath. Mr. Choy-Canel “performed poorly” on a roadside sobriety test and was arrested for DWI, unlicensed driving and a traffic violation.

He was taken to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

The next night, a Hampton Bays man was arrested for drunken driving after he flipped a car during a crash in Flanders, police said.

Jason Hobson, 35, crashed into a fence and a tree while driving on Pleasure Drive about 9:10 p.m., flipping the car onto the passenger side, according to a police report.

Police arrived on the scene to find Mr. Hobson getting out of his car. He failed a sobriety test and was arrested.

Mr. Hobson was charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed driving and a traffic violation and held for arraignment.

Two more arrests came on early Monday, police said. First, a 26-year-old Selden woman was arrested for driving high on drugs in Flanders early Monday, police said.

Jennifer Loeper was pulled over on Flanders Road for failing to stay in her lane while driving a gray 2000 Honda Civic near Woodroad Trail about 2:15 a.m., according to a police report. A police investigation found Ms. Loeper was driving under the influence of drugs.

She was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired, aggravated unlicensed driving and a traffic violation. She was held for morning arraignment.

About two hours later, Carlos Luna, 45, of Flanders was stopped while driving west on Montauk Highway about 4:20 a.m. after police saw him swerving in and out of a lane, according to a police report.

During the traffic stop, the arresting officer smelled alcohol on Mr. Luna’s breath and saw his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, police said. Mr. Luna “performed poorly” on a roadside sobriety test and was arrested.

He was arrested and charged with DWI. He was taken to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

Another 14 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, including eight arrested as part of a DWI Task Force enforcement effort in Southampton Town.

The two drug arrests occurred early Saturday, when Joseph Madigan, 27, of Calverton was seen “ingesting a controlled substance” in a car parked outside the Beach Bar in Hampton Bays, according to a police report.

Police searched Mr. Madigan and another man in the car, Kristopher Lindstrand, 27, of Manorville and found Mr. Madigan was carrying cocaine and ecstasy, said Lt. James Kiernan.

Mr. Lindstrand had cocaine and marijuana in the car, Lt. Kiernan said.

Both men were arrested at the scene. Mr. Madigan was charged with felony fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

Mr. Lindstrand was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Both men were held at police headquarters for arraignment, Lt. Kiernan said.

Fourteen more people were arrested over the weekend for various offenses ranging from drugs possession to public urination to littering, Southampton Town police said.

psquire@timesreview.com

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